Caleb Plant mostly kept his mouth shut as Anthony Dirrell continued to hurl insults after insults at him. Stone faced nature with a stern approach, Plant let go of his hands and spoke.
In front of a packed crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Plant delivered a masterclass against the former two-time middleweight belt holder. But while it appeared as if Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) would cruise to an effortless unanimous decision victory, the newly turned 30-year-old, seemingly on a whim, ended Dirrell’s night with a full face in the ninth round .
Sitting ringside throughout was another interested spectator, Demetrius Andrade. As the 34-year-old started to watch, he flashed a big smile as he revealed that he wanted to fight the former champion.
“We want the next one,” Andrade told BoxingScene.com. “Of course I would like that.”
After spending most of his career begging and pleading with the biggest names in the world to face him in the ring, Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) believes his fortunes will improve in 2018.
In the second half of the year, the former Olympian easily knocked out Walter Kautondokwa to win the WBO middleweight title. However, despite bagging the gold for the second time in his career, Andrade has been unable to find any big and profitable names to take on him.
With five successful defenses of his WBO title, Andrade chose not to take on challenger Janibek Alimkhanuly. Instead, Andrade kicked his 160-pound throne in search of pastures against some of the top names in the super-middleweight division.
But before Andrade sets his sights on the top tier of the new heavyweight division, the Rhode Island native is starting to look the soft touch. After being out of the ring since his November 2021 second round knockout of Jason Quigley, Andrade will want to ease his way back into the mix before his next fight with Plant.
“I want to get in the ring, get some rust from early 2023, be with Plant for sure.”